What is Accouters?

"Accouters - from the verb to accoutre (orig. mid-16th century French accoutrer) to clothe or equip, typically in something noticeable or impressive."


Our 1,500 square foot educational facility is designed for a wide array of sewing, knitting, garment construction and other fiber arts programs held by local and national educators. The facility is also available to outside groups for their own activities.


Click here to view a list of ongoing class offerings and to download a current schedule


with Janet Dapson

Please note: Registration for all Palmer/Pletsch Workshops are handled directly through Palmer/Pletsch.

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Fit & Sew Fashion Knits 4-day Workshop

April 12 - 15, 2019
August 23-26, 2019

4-Day Workshops: $795



This class will help you master fitting and sewing any pattern in any knit. After an introductory presentation on knit fabric types, fitting knits, and knit sewing tips, we will start with a simple top to make sure everyone understands how to fit themselves. Then, from the simple fitted top, learn how to make creative garments with design changes, including dresses, cardigans, jackets, tops with various neckline finishes, and even a no-side seam pant.



Fit Sewing Patterns 4-day Workshop

May 3-6, 2019
(Optional Teacher Training: May 7, 2019)

4-Day Workshops: $795



Learning to tissue-fit patterns is a process. We fit you, then teach you to fit yourself! The first day we will give you a comprehensive presentation of The Palmer/Pletsch Tissue-Fitting Method. Then we will alter McCall's #7279, our sheath dress pattern, to fit your body. Once you have fitted the dress, you will know what alterations are necessary in the most fitted garment you would ever sew. If you decide not to sew this style, it will become your own personal "body map" reminding you of your alterations.


Pant Fit & Sew 4-day Workshop

September 13 - 16, 2019
(Optional Teacher Training: September 17, 2019)

4-Day Workshops: $795


Learn to fit any style pant and to sew up all those details. The first day we will give you a comprehensive presentation of The Palmer/Pletsch Tissue-Fitting Method. We will measure your hip and determine your size, fit you in tissue, then show you how to alter for your figure. You will then cut it out in fabric. We will show you how to sew a variety of details including pockets, pleats, zippers, and waistbands.


Fashion Fitting the Upper Body 2-day Workshop


October 5-6, 2019

2-Day Workshop: $395


The first day we will give you a comprehensive presentation of The Palmer/Pletsch Tissue-Fitting Method. We will measure for size, then tissue-fit a blouse and alter it to fit you. Cut and pin-fit fabric, then tweak the fit in fabric. Learn to choose the best interfacing for your fabric and properly fuse the interfacing to the facings.


Fashion Fitting 2-day Workshop

None currently scheduled

2-Day Workshop: $395


Would you like a little more help with fitting patterns, but don't have much time? You now have an opportunity for MORE fashion fitting during a 2-day weekend Mini Sewing Vacation. If you have taken a previous Palmer-Pletsch Pant or Fit workshop (any length, any location), you are eligible to attend the Fashion Camp. Bring one or several fashion patterns to tissue-fit, along with fabric to cut and pin-fit. Although you will be working on your projects Saturday and Sunday, you have the option of arriving on Friday afternoon to set up in the classroom. Prep your pattern tissue before arriving to make the most of your time in class.



Palmer/Pletsch Teacher Certification Program

Teacher training will be offered the day after Fit and Pant Fit workshops. However, when less than 3 are registered for training, we will instead offer it as a home-study program. Click here for more details.


Join with sewing friends in the fabulous Accouters fiber arts venue located at Fabrications. Registration is limited for all workshops. Sign up early!

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Traveling from out of town to attend class? Here is our recommended place to stay.
Comfort Inn - Plainwell, MI